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  1. Brandi Nichols says:

    Mark, as you may have heard my grandfather “Old Jer” passed away last week. I am helping to organize the services which are to be held on the 30th and thought a bit of your poetry would be fitting to be read at the service. I wonder if you could get ahold of me so we could see if something might work. Whether you write it or pick it out, or read it yourself (if you plan on attending) or I read it, is totally up in the air. It’s going to be very informal and he wasn’t religious so I am trying to steer clear of prayers. Will you send me an email if you have any ideas? I know you and your family mean a lot to mine so I would really appreciate it. Hope you’re doing well.

    Thanks! Brandi

  2. Mark me boyo,

    tis a grand thing the Hippies. Even if Hip is now not Hip among the populace who would rather fuck themselves, master Mr. Bate of on and in an out of the halls of congress. We now have the test to see if history repeats itself of 1921 when the Republicans took it all home and for 12 years of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover (a foreboding prophesy?) called eerily termed the “Ohio Gang” by history, which took us to the depression of 1929. The historian Samuel Eliot Morrison compared that trio of inept presidents to the aristocrats of France that returned to power after the fall of Napoleon by saying, “they had forgotten nothing and learned nothing.” Is this our prophesy of the next five to ten years?

  3. good stuff, Mark! hadn’t been to the site in a while, and i’m sorry i missed your reading at shakespeare & co. hope you are doing well.


  4. Hi there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the fantastic work!

  5. Hello Mark,

    I just read and savored the interview you did in 2012 with David Thomas done for the Ed Lahey Oral History Project. Dave and I were momentary friends when our paths crossed in Missoula at the University of Montana, likely in one of Dexter Roberts’ (whose interview I look forward to reading) or Orville Clark’s classes, in 1969-71. We were both self-identified poets. Dave liked to get a 6-pack of beer after classes ended and go carve out a poem. I had recently gotten married, so we didn’t do a lot of hanging out–though I do remember one epic all-nighter that started downtown at Eddy’s Club and ended across the street with breakfast at the Oxford Club. My time was spent studying with Dick Hugo and later Madeline De Frees, whose encouragement kept me writing crazy, stunt-lyrical outpourings. When my wife got her degree, we left town. I’ve passed through Missoula only once since then.

    I’ve done a fair bit of writing since, but I didn’t start devoting my time to it exclusively until a few years ago. I’ve kept all my poetry under lock and key and never published it. Seeing your website and reading your poetry has me thinking about it, though. I would certainly like to learn more about what you are doing. Feel free to contact me via my email address. I can supply you with all my contact information as needed.

    Do you have a current email or mailing address for Dave Thomas? After seeing your website I went looking for info on Dexter and saw the sad news of his recent passing. The last time I talked to him was briefly on the phone in the late 1980s. He was a gracious and kind man, and a great teacher.

    I hope all is well up your way. My wife and I live in a mountain pass called Tehachapi, a small town at the southernmost extremity of the Sierra Nevadas and 110 miles northwest of Los Angeles. With its elevation of 3,970 and a parade of dramatic cloud formations, it reminds me a lot of Missoula, ca. 1969. All it needs is a large white “T” on the side of one the nearby foothills.


    • marcogibbo says:


      Pleased to hear from you and your stories about Mizoo. I got exposure to Dick Hugo and Madeline, too. Two weeks into Hugo’s workshop I dropped out of school in ’75. Never took a class from Madeline but I went to her with poems and asked her advice. She was a warm human being. I also took classes from Earl Ganz and Kitteridge. Like you I was married, and when we decided to have kids, I had to get a real job, trade in my CDL and lumping shoes for a teaching degree. Came back to writing seriously in my early forties. I knew of Dave, Montana Gothic, that beat hip crowd, drank around them but didn’t meet him as a writer until ’95. We hit it off immediately. He has a new book out from FootHills Publishing, Old Power Company Road. Like me, his last two collections have been done by that little poetry press out of Kanona, New York. I usually catch up to him once or twice a month at Charlie’s Bar (old Eddie’s Club) on a Saturday afternoon. He reads from this new book this Wednesday at Shakespeare & Co across the street from the old Milwaukee depot, 3rd and Higgins, below the Montange Apartments where he lives and works as the janitor (for a long goddamn time). My eamil in and dave’s is

      Email me a poem sometime. Take care,


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  7. Adda says:

    Hi Mark!!
    We just visited Missoula, for the first time, where we saw Lee Nye’s photos. We then ventured into Fact and Fiction books where I noticed one of Nye’s photos on the cover of a book, your Forgotten Dreams book of poetry.
    I love it and I love having some of Nye’s photographs in print form.

    • marcogibbo says:

      Thanks for the note! This Friday I’m reading with other area poets (and friends of Nye’s) at the Art Museum amidst those portraits. I believe “bar poems”is the idea. I hope the ghosts approve. We’ll head over to Charlie B’s (the old Eddie’s Club) after and toast them, Lee Nye, and art. Peace to you and yours.


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